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Circular economy and recycling of metals

Green Metals

Key elements for a circular economy

The transformation of production and consumption towards a circular economy, where product life cycles are extended and wastes are regarded as resources is a key for a sustainable future. Metals are perfectly suited for a circular economy, as they can be infinitely recycled without degrading their quality or desired properties. With our in-depth metallurgical, technological and digital know-how, we develop recycling solutions for all stages of the production process – thereby enabling valuable, high-purity raw materials for reuse in high-tech products.

Recycling has always been an essential part of our plant solutions. Just as the steel industry has always used recycled iron and steel scrap, copper, aluminum or zinc are also recycled at very high rates. SMS group’s ambition is to be the technological leader for metallurgical process equipment that pushes recycling rates to their thermodynamic and technological limits. As such, we are a key enabler of a circular economy. We support our customers in embracing the opportunities and challenges posed by the circular economy by creating cost-effective and sustainable solutions.

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Recycling of copper and other non-ferrous metals

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Recycling of copper and non-ferrous metals

Non-ferrous metals such as Copper (Cu), Nickel (Ni), Platinum (Pt), Palladium (Pd), Lead (Pb), Zinc (Zn) and Tin (Sn) keep the world moving.

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Battery recycling

Primobius is a joint venture partnership between Australian company Neometals Ltd. and SMS group to commercialise an environmentally friendly recycling solution for end-of-life and scrap lithium-ion-battery (LIB) cells. 

Recycling of aluminum and steel

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Recycling of aluminium

SMS group company Hertwich Engineering is specialized in recycling furnaces for aluminum

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Electric steelmaking

Our furnaces for the efficient recycling of steel scrap